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Chile to host COP25

Chile are set to host COP25 in 2019.

  • 18 December 2018
  • Rachel Cooper

Chile are set to host COP25 in 2019.

The South American country has taken over from Brazil to host the United Nations Climate Conference. Brazil withdrew from hosting after the new President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro said on his campaign that he may pull out of the Paris Agreement.

Costa Rica, a firm favourite rumoured to be hosting the event in 2019, withdrew from holding the event over costs but it was announced that they will be hosting the pre-COP.

Carolina Schmidt, Environment Minister in Chile, told COP24: “We are delighted to tell you that for COP25, we will be working with Costa Rica.”

The discussions at COP24 in Katowice, Poland ended this weekend. Governments from across the world joined together to decide important goals that will ensure they meet the targets set at COP21 in Paris.

The important climate talks resulted in several goals being set. Europe decided to cut emissions from cars by 37.5 per cent and vans by 31 per cent by 2030 and one of the world’s largest shipping companies, Maersk, set a goal to become carbon neutral by 2050.

COP24 also saw 15 year-old Greta Thunberg addressing world leaders about the future of our environment. She said: "You say you love your children above all else and yet, you're stealing their future in front of their very eyes."

This news follows the UK announcing they have put in a bid to host COP26 in 2020. This will be an important year for meeting deadlines set at the Paris Agreement.